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Thelma the Unicorn

Thelma the Unicorn

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Told in rhyme, Thelma the pony wants to be a unicorn--but when her wish comes true she discovers that there is a downside to fame, and realizes that she was happier at home with her friend.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781338158427
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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Mar 10, 2020

Thelma the Unicorn is a very enjoyable read. It has a wonderful flow that makes it perfect for reading aloud. I think the story is great in that it's the classic cautionary tale, of be careful what you wish for, be true to who you are, etc. but it also brings these lessons into our current world where many children are aspiring to be internet or social media famous from a very young age. There are upsides and downsides to fame, and I think this shows that in a way that is palatable to a child's mind.

Oct 01, 2019

'Thelma the Unicorn' is a cautionary tale illustrating the old maxim, "Be careful what you wish for."

I give it 2 stars because it's too heavy on the social media aspect of cheers, fame, and 'likes'. Frankly that's the last thing young children 3- 5 should be aware of or worry about.

Such a cute, promising cover for a story that disappoints. Children's authors should be concentrating and writing for their innocence. I often wonder if they have ever been around young children.

May 15, 2019

A fun book about the pitfalls of fame, the goofy illustrations and clean rhyme structure make this one a winner.

ArapahoeKati Jan 08, 2019

Do you want to be a unicorn? So does Thelma! But being a unicorn might not be all she thinks it is. Loved the illustrations and the simple honest message to be yourself.

VaughanPLMichael Nov 04, 2018

This book was fun. The prose and rhythm / rhyming of the text plays very well and smoothly. The story is a classic example of accepting yourself and don't try to be someone your not. I'm not sure I agree completely with the message that the book is trying to put forward.

I know it's saying not to become someone you're not, but I feel like it could have done a better job of bringing that theme to life. I think it's a very good message to aspire and seek improvement, lay down some goals of the person you want to be and take steps to become that person. As people are in constant growth, it's good to evolve. The message the book is trying to convey though is once you get a taste of a different aspect of yourself, you'll see all the negative sides of it and just revert back to who you were before.

I know that's a pretty big stretch, and at the end of the day it's just a picture book about a pony that wants to be a unicorn...but it's hard to deny some of the messaging the book has.

Still, a fun book for story time, and if paired with another book, you can get a small discussion about how being true to yourself and growing as a person can work hand in hand.

JCLHeatherM Sep 05, 2018

Thelma the horse dreams of being a world famous unicorn, beloved by everyone and glitzed out in sparkles. It isn't until Thelma gets her wish and loses her cozy home life that she realizes that she'd rather be herself than be anyone else.

Feb 05, 2018

It was cute and had a nice moral to it- being a unicorn might not be all it seems. An enjoyable read.

Feb 02, 2016

Aaron Blabey is my favourite new children's books writer! While many of his books are not available in Canada (he's an Australian writer), the one's that *are* here are truly fantastic.

Thelma the Unicorn is another wonderful read by Blabey. Great story and message (for kids and adults!), humour, and fantastic artwork. Truly a great read.


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